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Travel Blogs from Puno
... bus had a completely different feel, and it was a little sad that our group was starting to split up. Kimberly, Katelijne and I only rode the bus until Juliaca. While not an official stop, we jumped off here and took a local bus to Puno. Again, it was quite sad to be saying good-bye to most of the friends we had made over the last week. Puno What can I say about Puno? It's the gateway to Lake Titicaca? That was really the only reason we went to Puno. It is a very ...
... Incan-ized. We were shown how the islands were constructed and what an important role the lowly totora reed played in this most amazing escape strategy.
The totora reed, a cat-tail like rush, is a most versatile commodity -- not only can you live on an island constructed entirely of the reed, you can eat the hearts of the tender roots, make houses out of it, weave it into ...
... and the Virgin of Copacabana (Copacabana is the largest Bolivian city on the shores of the lake) does represent the initial acceptance of the catholic religion in Bolivia, but the lake, and Sun Island in particular, is also a focal point for many indigenous religions. In the Chapel of Candles, all believers go to light a candle to the Virgin and some days are devoted to the "Bendicion de las Movilidades", where people go to bless their cars. On the other ...
... Capachica peninsula to the
more barren, less populated island of Amantani, our stop for the night. We were
allocated out to various hosts and headed off for a lte lunch of fried cheese,
potatoes (the staple diet!) and Oka, a knobbly skinny root usually pink or
yellow with potato texture but a sweeter fruitier taste. This was washed down
the Muna, a local pungent herb, tea.
Had a stroll down to the beach and played with the son’s
... to provide healthy snacks to the kids. After three weeks in Huanchaco, we left with mixed emotions, but felt rejuvenated. After spending weeks at sea level, we travelled south along the coast to the city of Huaraz, 3400 meters above sea level. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the Andean city boasts amazing views of the highest mountain chain in the world and magnificent hiking. Although the sudden change in altitude made us feel winded during a simple walk and ...
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